GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Equality NC Foundation 2012 Equality Conference & Gala will be held on Nov. 17 in the Triad.

The day begins with the conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Elliott University Center and continues with the gala at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.

The signature event will be especially important in the wake of the passage of Amendment One in 2011. Organizers expect upwards of 500 attendees at each event.

The foundation is currently seeking sponsors. Through this show of support, students are able to get subsidies to help with registration. “This year we will also extend special admission rates for those who qualify based on income,” said Kay Flaminio, director of development for Equality North Carolina.

“The Equality Conference is designed to foster activism and leadership within the LGBT rights movement in North Carolina, and we keep admission fees as low as possible to encourage maximum attendance from every part of the LGBT community. Attendees start the day with our annual State of Equality Report, attend their choice of hands-on workshops covering a variety of topics, come together for lunch, learn more about our sponsors through their exhibits, and wind up the day with our keynote speaker,” she added.

The gala is the foundation’s annual fundraiser. It also serves as a way to celebrate the work that the foundation does with supporters from across the state.

Awards are presented for legislative leadership and for individual achievement. Originally called Equality Champion Awards, the named changed in 2011 and is now called the Bob Page Equality Champion Awards to honor the vision and leadership of Page, chairman and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., on behalf of LGBT North Carolinians.

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